Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
What I Expected [Prior to the Summary Read]
- Something cute – because that adorable cover!
- A totally Cinderella-esque tale
What I Got
- A masterpiece – that I cannot believe I was approved for on NetGalley!
- One of the cutest stories ever
- A Cinderella retelling
- To meet Elle – an amazing protagonist geek girl
What I Thought
One of my favorite books of 2017, Geekerella is something truly special. The story of Elle, who works in the Magic Pumpkin food truck, Geekerella is my first ever fangirl book – now I love fangirl books! Ashley Poston totally schooled me in the art of fandom, an art I’ve been curious about and didn’t quite understand – I was born in the ’80s!
Now, since I know what fangirling really is, I realize that I’ve been a fangirl all my life, of SO many different things. Because of my own intense fangirling throughout my longish-seeming life, I’m so proud that there are actually books regarding the subject.
Elle’s fangirl focus is Starfield, a sci-fi series she adored watching with her now deceased father. From Geekerella, I learned what in the hell cosplay is – I had an idea, but I really did not get it – and I finally got to go, through Elle, to an amazing fandom convention – ExcelsiCon. Ever since I figured out what ComicCon is, I’ve wanted to attend a nerdy convention!
I love how Poston weaves the classic Cinderella saga into Elle’s tale; it’s a subtle weave, but it’s there. Aside from Elle working in the deliciously described Magic Pumpkin food truck, this book feels like a Cinderella retelling, but is a story all its own. The modernization of Cinderella is so much fun to read in the present.
In comes Darien, Elle’s Prince Charming, an actor who will be promoting his part in Elle’s top fandom – the Starfield movie. I love that Geekerella is out of this world, as in, could so never happen in real life, but makes me believe at the same time. Anyhow, Darien is an ultimate fanboy, hot or not!
Of course, because it is a Cinderella-based story, a set of stepsisters enjoys making Elle’s life miserable. I, personally, love mean girl characters, so Chloe and Calliope almost make the whole book for me. Like I said earlier, I honestly had no clue exactly what cosplay is – now, I know! Even the twins – the stepsisters – get in on it!
With a perfect Cinderella ending, Geekerella is a tale all its own; the tale of a nerdy girlie who finds a connection and busts loose on the world. The tale of a girl lacking everyday charisma, but possessing much charm, Geekerella is a total must-read for fangirls and fairy tale fans alike.